Eat Smart in Sicily: How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure

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Find the heart of Sicilian culture through its sumptuous cuisine

 

Rich with seafood, citrus, olives, and almond sweets, the cuisine of the sun-drenched island of Sicily reflects the influence of Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians, and Italians, among others. Unlike guidebooks that sweep Sicily into an overview of Italy, this latest addition to the award-winning Eat Smart series focuses solely on the cuisine of Sicily. Eat Smart in Sicily provides an historical overview of ...

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Overview

Find the heart of Sicilian culture through its sumptuous cuisine

 

Rich with seafood, citrus, olives, and almond sweets, the cuisine of the sun-drenched island of Sicily reflects the influence of Greeks, Norman French, Tunisians, and Italians, among others. Unlike guidebooks that sweep Sicily into an overview of Italy, this latest addition to the award-winning Eat Smart series focuses solely on the cuisine of Sicily. Eat Smart in Sicily provides an historical overview of the peoples who have lived there and their contributions to Sicilian cuisine, with attention given to the fare distinct to the villages and urban centers of Sicily’s four regions. A helpful guide to Sicilian menus, with English translations of Italian (or Sicilian) words, makes ordering food in Sicily an easy and immediately rewarding experience. Highlighting regional recipe mainstays, Joan Peterson and Marcella Croce provide tips to shopping for traditional ingredients in Sicily and at home. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary of foods, kitchen utensils, and cooking methods to prepare authentic Sicilian specialties at home or abroad.

 

Winner, 2008 Food Book of the Year, Planeta.com

 

Winner, Best Travel Guide in the National Best Books 2008 Awards, USA Book News

 

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

De Blasi (A Thousand Days in Tuscany) has written yet another engaging book about Italy. This time she retells a love story told to her by the mistress of a large villa in the Sicilian mountains. Unlike in her other books, de Blasi herself is only a minor character in this enthralling story of love between a prince and his ward, who meet just prior to World War II. De Blasi writes both of their desire for each other, and their desire to improve life for those around them. With much less focus on food than her previous works, this story focuses on the characters' lives, loves, and motivations, all with a Sicilian backdrop. This is not a traditional travel narrative, but a love story that embraces the culture and character of Sicily. Recommended for public libraries.

Sicily is of course not only a place of romance, but home to its own particular cuisine, distinct from cuisines of the Italian mainland. To help travelers navigate this culinary landscape, Peterson has added one more culture to her extremely useful "Eat Smart" series, this time coauthored with native Sicilian Croce. They provide a culinary history of the island, describing local foods, dishes, recipes, and food markets. The lengthy glossary and menu guide give readers significantly more information than does a general traveler's dictionary. Anyone who loves travel as much for food as for all its other pleasures will find this an invaluable guide to a realm where food is such an important part of the life and culture of the people. Highly recommended for public libraries.
—Sheila Kasperek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977680115
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,167,083
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Peterson is an experienced world traveler and the author of the Eat Smart guides to the food of Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Poland, Sicily, and Turkey. Each book has been designed for travelers and food lovers like her who want to navigate menu and market with confidence. Marcella Croce was born in Palermo, Sicily, and is a journalist and author. For almost twenty years she has been a teacher and coordinator of Elderhostel Programs in Sicily organized by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
The Cuisine of Sicily     1
Early Civilizations     1
The Greeks     3
The Romans     4
The Vandals, Goths and Byzantines     6
The Arabs     7
The Norman French     10
Other Europeans     12
Hohenstaufen     12
French Angevin     13
Royal House of Aragon     13
The Spanish     14
Royal House of Bourbon     15
Italian Unification     16
Local Sicilian Food     19
Sicilian Food in a Nutshell     19
The Provinces of Sicily     31
Western Sicily     32
Central Sicily     35
Eastern Sicily     36
Southeastern Sicily     38
Tastes of Sicily     41
Shopping in Sicily's Food Markets     71
Resources     73
Online Suppliers of Sicilian Foods     73
Tours and Travel Advice     74
Some Useful Organizations to Know About     75
Helpful Phrases     77
Phrases for Use in Restaurants     77
Phrases for Use inFood Markets     79
Other Useful Phrases     80
Menu Guide     81
Foods and Flavors Guide     109
Restaurants     137
Bibliography     139
Index     141
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